Mick Kearney

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Had Connacht lost to Leinster they could have become like so many teams that get to a final and lose; they could have drifted away disillusioned. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a subtle change to Connacht’s method of attack on Saturday which exposed the Leinster defence. More often than not Aly Muldowney carried or (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Quinn Roux numbers do not stack up. And they should, considering his 6ft 5in frame is filled by 124 kilograms of Pretoria muscle. Having been le(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun finishes off a lovely piece of skill on the right wing to beat Eoin Reddan to the try line at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht 20 Leinster 10 Not even Connacht’s storied season could have scripted a better ending than this. By the end, their momentum, on and off the (...)

Jamie Heaslip and Jack McGrath at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Guinness Pro12 final Leinster v Connacht BT Murrayfield, Saturday, 5.30pm Sky Sports 3 HD and TG4 The most memorable end-of-season run-in to the(...)

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: likely to be included in the 32-man Irish squad for tour of South Africa. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Ulster pair of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, neither of whom featured in any of the matches in the Six Nations, are likely to be included in a (...)

Leo Cullen’s first season as Leinster coach can end with silverware and therefore be deemed a qualified success. After European defeats to Toulon las(...)

Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster’s Pro 12 semi-final clash with Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Leo Cullen has made one enforced change to Leinster’s starting line-up for Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 semi-final against Ulster in front of a 19(...)

Even by All Black standards, Dan Carter is special. Photograph: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Two years after the power struggle to rule European rugby, where the English and French clubs so obviously prevailed, what are we left with? This. Th(...)

Garry Ringrose scores Leinster’s eighth and final try against Treviso. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 50 Treviso 19 Leinster will play Ulster at home in the semi-finals on Friday week after they recorded a comprehensive 31-point triumph over (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki: among nine players Pat Lam has brought back in to the side for the crucial meeting with Gregor Townsend’s in-form Glasgow at the sold-out Sportsground. Photograph: James crombie/Inpho.

And so it has all gone down to the wire. They might not quite have everything to play for, but each of the Irish provinces has something on the line i(...)

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